Sunday, October 15, 2006

Pittsburgh Presbytery at Hamilton: F. Awards and honors

"If one member is honored, all rejoice together with it"
- 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NRSV)

The afternoon sun shining through the sole stained glass window at the Hamilton Presbyterian Church made this image during the Pittsburgh Presbytery meeting.During the meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery on October 12 at the Hamilton Presbyterian Church, a number of awards were presented.

The Presbytery celebrated the fact the partnerships that had been formed between and among many of the churches. Some congregations had established multiple partnerships with others, and the partnerships did not all fit the same pattern. Representatives of the churches with partnerships were called forward, and given a gift to recognize the importance of their partnerships.

While this celebration was going on, a fiery cross appeared on the projection screen for the powerpoint show for the meeting. I think that this image was caused by the afternoon sun coming through the only stained glass window in the church. The image came and went as clouds passed through the sky, and the image's location also changed over time.

The Peacemaking Ministries Network of the Synod of the Trinity gave one of the four 2006 Andrew E. Murray Peacemaking Awards to the Field Learning Program of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. The Field Learning Program gives special attention to refugee children and youth making the transition to new lives in Pittsburgh.

It was also announced that the Rev. Rachel Stahle of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church has written an Advent devotional that will be available for download on the Presbytery website.

Congratulations to all!

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My other articles about this meeting: A. Welcome B. Worship with Ben Freudenburg C: Ordination overture D. Vocational matters E. Reflective listening about property F. Awards and honors

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